The 2020 election’s unnerving end: vandalism, acts of intimidation and riot prep.

first_img– Advertisement – Presidential elections always provoke anxiety, but this year’s campaign is closing on an especially unnerving note, with reports of pre-election vandalism, the boarding-up of stores in anticipation of rioting and the specter of voter intimidation.On Monday morning, officials arriving at the Democratic headquarters in Harris County, Tex., found the locks on the front door sealed with glue, and slogans and blobs of red paint smeared on windows.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – On Monday, the F.B.I. confirmed that its San Antonio office was investigating an incident in which a caravan of Trump supporters surrounded a Biden campaign bus on Friday — an act of intimidation that President Trump praised on Twitter.In New York City, the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, which have wowed tourists for decades, were boarded up on Monday morning. SoHo, where trendy shoppers once flocked to glittering stores, echoed with the sound of hammers. On the sidewalk outside the Disney Store in Times Square, workers attached plywood to the storefront.The sea of plywood stretched into more modest commercial districts in the Bronx and Brooklyn, and even to Washington, where in recent days the ominous precaution has been evident all across downtown, fanning out several blocks from the White House, spreading around Capitol Hill, transforming the nightlife corridors of 14th Street and Adams-Morgan and reaching up into the suburbs. – Advertisement –center_img The preparations reflected a broader national anxiety surrounding the contest between Mr. Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr., and the growing fears that no matter who wins, the aftermath of the election could include violence.The weekend saw tensions flare up. In North Carolina on Saturday, the police used a chemical spray to disperse a get-out-the-vote rally. On Sunday, cars and trucks with Trump flags halted traffic on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey and jammed the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York’s northern suburbs, and a pro-Trump convoy in Virginia ended in a tense shouting match with protesters as it approached a statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond.States are already on alert. On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts ordered 1,000 members of the National Guard to be on standby. In Oregon, which has seen months of sporadic unrest, Gov. Kate Brown ordered the state National Guard to remain on standby in case violent protests erupt.“We know that there are some people who might use peaceful election night protests to promote violence and property destruction,” Ms. Brown said Monday. “That behavior is not acceptable.” On Sunday, students at George Washington University received an email headlined “We Suggest Preparing for the Election Day Period as you Would for a Hurricane or a Snowstorm.” Reporters at The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau were issued gas masks and orange bike helmets marked “press.” It appeared that nearly every CVS, Walgreens and 7-Eleven within at least a mile or so of downtown was being heavily fortified. In the suburbs of Pittsburgh, aides to Representative Conor Lamb, a Democrat, arrived at their storefront office to a similar scene: It was defaced with a red hammer-and-sickle sign and the words, “Don’t vote! Fight for revolution.”Police said they were investigating both incidents but had not yet identified any perpetrators.Throughout the country, business owners and government officials — from the managers of Saks Fifth Avenue to the president’s staff — were bracing for potential acts of vandalism or violence based on the outcome, or lack of an outcome.last_img read more

SpaceX capsule with 4 astronauts docks at space station

first_imgThis is the second astronaut mission for SpaceX. But it’s the first time Elon Musk’s company delivered a crew for a full half-year station stay. The two-pilot test flight earlier this year lasted two months.The three Americans and one Japanese astronaut will remain at the orbiting lab until their replacements arrive on another Dragon in April. And so it will go, with SpaceX — and eventually Boeing — transporting astronauts to and from the station for NASA.This regular taxi service got underway with Sunday night’s launch.- Advertisement – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15, 2020. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission is the first crew rotation mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.Gregg Newton | AFP | Getty Images Hopkins and his crew — Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi — join two Russians and one American who flew to the space station last month from Kazakhstan. Glover is the first African-American to move in for a long haul. A space newcomer, Glover was presented his gold astronaut pin Monday. SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring.The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.“Oh, what a good voice to hear,” space station astronaut Kate Rubins called out when the Dragon’s commander, Mike Hopkins, first made radio contact. The linkup occurred 262 miles (422 kilometers) above Idaho.- Advertisement – The four named their capsule Resilience to provide hope and inspiration during an especially difficult year for the whole world. They broadcast a tour of their capsule Monday, showing off the touchscreen controls, storage areas and their zero gravity indicator: a small plush Baby Yoda.Walker said it was a little tighter for them than for the two astronauts on the test flight.“We sort of dance around each other to stay out of each other’s way,” she said.For Sunday’s launch, NASA kept guests to a minimum because of coronavirus, and even Musk had to stay away after tweeting that he “most likely” had an infection. He was replaced in his official launch duties by SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, who assured reporters he was still very much involved with Sunday night’s action, although remotely.As they prepared for the space station linkup, the Dragon crew beamed down live window views of New Zealand and a brilliant blue, cloud-streaked Pacific 250 miles below.“Looks amazing,” Mission Control radioed from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.“It looks amazing from up here, too,” Hopkins replied.center_img Crew-1 mission astronauts (L to R) Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, walk out of the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building en route to launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 15, 2020.Gregg Newton | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

COVID-19 haunts industrial zones in Indonesia

first_imgSix months into the pandemic, Indonesian workers are not only at risk of massive layoffs but also of infections at their workplaces, as virus clusters have emerged in factories, prompting calls for tighter government supervision and better compliance of health protocols from companies.The country’s most populous province, West Java, has seen at least three big clusters with a total of 541 cases emerging from its industrial areas in Bekasi regency, located at the periphery of the capital, within the last weeks of August.The regency’s health agency head, Sri Enny Mainarti, declined to disclose the names of the three factories but said each had 250, 220 and 71 cases, respectively. Another factory had earlier seen dozens of cases in July and another one in May. They were LG Electronics, motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki and automotive spare part manufacturer PT Nippon Oilseal Kogyu, while previous clusters were also reported from Unilever Indonesia and Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi Ltd.In total, Enny said 22 factories in the regency had reported COVID-19 cases among their workers since the beginning of the pandemic.In Tangerang, Banten, Mayor Arief Wismansyah told the Post that the administration had traced a total of 43 cases in a cluster emerging from a factory producing daily products from July to August. He also declined to disclose the company names.Local administration officials have said that the affected factory workers did not only live in the areas where the industrial zones were located but also commuted from areas in Greater Jakarta. Central Java and East Java have also reported clusters among their workers, amounting to some 300 cases in at least three companies in July for the former and more than 100 cases in two cigarette factories in April and May.Read also: Sampoerna factory closes after two COVID-19 deathsCOVID-19 Response and Economic Recovery Committee Erick Thohir said during a press briefing last week that factory owners must help curb transmission by following health protocols instead of relying solely on the government, which he said had provided assistance by wage subsidies, tests and health protocol campaigns.”If [factory owners] don’t protect their workers, [choosing to apply] one shift [in a day] instead of two just to pursue [more] income, then [companies must] be ready for the consequences. It’s not impossible for the factories to be closed,” he said.Inter-Factory Laborers Federation (FBLP) chairwoman Jumisih said there were still companies that did not provide the necessary facilities for workers to follow health protocols, especially in terms of social distancing. Hence, it was inevitable that thousands or hundreds of workers would come across each other when entering or exiting their workplaces, or during break time.Some factories had yet to divide shifts and even then, workers were concerned that if they did, their companies would cut their pay according to their working hours, she said, adding that her federation was collecting data on workers who failed to pay their rent due to the pay cuts. Jumisih urged for tighter monitoring from manpower agencies.”There are workers who only receive half or a third of their income. Who can survive with that money? We need the government’s intervention in this. Workers who are afraid of coming to work are afraid of being laid off and can’t bring food to the table, but those who come and are at risk of infection also face pay cuts and can’t provide for themselves and their families,” she said.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil visited an industrial area in Cikarang, Bekasi, on Friday, urging companies to facilitate workers to follow protocols, such as by providing good air ventilation. He said that if a local cluster emerged, factories must let their employees in exposed locations work from home.“Every factory worker is required to fill out a journal every morning detailing their activities outside of the factory, as well as a list of everywhere they go outside of the factory,” Ridwan said.Enny of Bekasi’s health agency said transmissions could occur at smoking area or food stalls outside factory complexes after working hours.Read also: Indonesia’s factory activity in deepest-ever contraction as pandemic disrupts supply, demandIndonesian Employers Association (Apindo) property and economic zone head Sanny Iskandar said companies had followed health protocols and regulations, with some carrying out massive testing using rapid antibody tests, which should be seen positively.Given that most cities and regencies have relaxed lockdown restrictions, companies would have no idea where workers could spend after-work hours, he said, emphasizing that it took everyone to work together in improving the country’s economy and maintaining safe workplaces.”Factories [affected] are large companies that have the money to test their workers. They provide food in canteens. But factories outside these [industrial] areas, their workers eat outside. So, I’m not sure with these companies; maybe it’s just because they don’t test so they don’t find any cases,” he said.”There must be monitoring because it’s better to prevent rather than take reactive actions after workers are infected.”Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery reacts to Mesut Ozil winning Man of the Match vs Newcastle

first_imgOzil has struggled to break into the team this season under Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has praised Mesut Ozil following his Man on the Match performance against Newcastle on Monday night.The Gunners battled to a 2-0 victory over the Magpies to move to third in the Premier League, with Ozil playing 84 minutes in the victory.After the game, Ozil’s manager credited his performance and stated the German is now playing the way he wants him to.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We were improving little by little and our first goal helped us a lot,’ Emery told Sky Sports.ADVERTISEMENT‘Mesut Ozil has quality, when he can find the best performance for the team, he is playing like we want with the system and how tactically we want. He is giving us his quality.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We are making progess in the table but we know it is difficult, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United are going to win a lot of games.’Fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey also performed well against Newcastle, with the Welshman bagging the opening goal in the first half.Despite the 28-year-old’s imminent departure to Juventus this summer, Emery insisted he still has an important role to play in the team over the the remaining few months.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I think Aaron Ramsey is happy, he is helping us and is playing with a very good performance and scoring,’ Emery added.‘Each energy from the players is very important for us and he is doing that. We are at the most important moment of the season.’Arsenal’s next game is against Everton on April 7 before a Europa League clash against Napoli on April 11.MORE: Lacazette reveals difference between Emery and WengerShould Ozil has won Man of the Match?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery reacts to Mesut Ozil winning Man of the Match vs Newcastlecenter_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Apr 2019 10:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Commentlast_img read more

Palace asks Congress: Grant Duterte ‘more powers’ vs COVID-19

first_img The country recorded 73 new COVID-19 cases by Sunday morning, bringing the total number to 380. Six more people died for a total of 25 casualties, while the number of patients who recovered increased to 17./PN Also written in the measure is the President given the power to realign any appropriation in the 2020 General Appropriations Act in order to fund measures to meet the emergency. The Senate will hold a special session to discuss the bill at 10am Monday, while the House of Representatives is also expected to discuss a counterpart bill also on the same day. Under the proposal, Duterte will be authorized to temporarily take over or direct the operation of any privately-owned public utility or business affected with public interest, including but not limited to hotels, public transportation, and telecommunications entities. “Hotels will be used to house health workers or serve as quarantine centers or medical relief and aid distribution centers, while public transportation will ferry health, emergency and frontline personnel,” the proposed measure said. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III told to CNN Philippines that he has received a draft bill from Malacañang asking for the declaration and special powers for Duterte. If the bill is enacted, the President can cancel appropriated programs, projects or activities to generate savings and to reallocate unused and unspent funds, or funds allocated for discontinued projects, to measures intended to address the COVID-19 emergency. Management of these businesses, however, will remain with the owners but the President or his representative will direct and supervise their operations, providing for a reasonable compensation for additional damage or costs incurred by the owner.center_img MANILA – Malacañang has asked Congressto declare a national emergency and grant President Rodrigo Duterte “necessaryand proper” powers – including the power to take over public utilities,hospitals and businesses – to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)pandemic in the country. The bill also seeks to punish any violation of the rules, regulations and directives of the national government with 2 months jail time and a fine of between P10,000 to P1 million. The measure also empowers the Chief Executive to purchase goods like testing kits, lease properties and construct temporary medical facilities without going through the rules on procurement, as well as require businesses to prioritize and accept contracts for materials and services in connection with the fight against COVID-19. The powers given to President Rodrigo Duterte will only be effective for three months — “unless extended by Congress. PCOO “Take-over of telecommunication entities is intended to facilitate uninterrupted communication channels between the government and the public,” it added. Public and private transportation and traffic will be regulated, same with the distribution and use of power, fuel, energy and water to ensure adequate supply.last_img read more

Guyana finish third at Goodwill Swim Meet

first_imgTRINIDAD and Tobago may have won this year’s Goodwill Swim Meet but it was team Guyana that grabbed the spotlight with the country’s remarkable improvement. They finished third place to end a longstanding streak of bad luck for the Land of Many Waters at the regional developmental meet, which concluded last Sunday at the National Aquatic Centre, in Liliendaal. Boasting two age-group champions in Aleka Persaud and Leon Seaton, multiple record-breaking performances and a heavy haul of 60 medals, including 20 gold, Guyana finished with 868.5 points, some distance away from the penultimate position the team managed at the competition last year, when competing against five other countries in St Lucia. This year Guyana’s participation was bolstered by maximum participation and impressive performances, which saw 11 of the 40 participating Guyanese swimmers medal in individual events. Several others contributed the 14 relay medals for the country.After ending the second day of competition on Saturday, just 50 points behind the Bahamas, Guyana picked up their final 21 medals on Sunday, with Seaton and Lian Winter setting new meet records en route to Guyana’s third-place finish. Also showing much improvement, Bahamas ended with 805 points for fourth, moving up after finishing in last place last year.Trinidad and Tobago successfully defended their title as the winning country after putting together 1 322 points, holding off longtime adversary Suriname for yet another year, but only just. Suriname ended just 33 points behind Trinidad, while usual third-place finishers Barbados were displaced to fifth position this year with just 445 points. St Lucia ended in sixth with 314.5 points and newcomers Grenada were last with 50 points. After ending the first day of competition with 11 medals, Guyana had plunged into an encouraging start at the meet on Friday. The country’s first medal – a gold – was clinched by Persaud in the Girls’ 9-10 100m freestyle with a time of 1:05.78s. It was the first of 10 medals that Persaud obtained by the end of the meet. Two silver in the 50m breaststroke (39.06s), and 100m backstroke (1:21.04s), being the only events in which she did not secure gold. She set her second Goodwill Swim Meet record, first in the Girls 9-10 category, then in the 50m butterfly ending in a time of 31.41 seconds, shaving a second off Destiny Harding’s five-year old previous record.A versatile swimmer, Persaud also copped gold in the 50m freestyle (29.29s), 100m freestyle (1:05.78s), 200m freestyle (2:29.77s), 200m IM (2:46.81s), 100m breaststroke (1:25.65s), 50m backstroke (35.56s) and the 100m butterfly (1:14.59s)With nine medals, including five record- breaking performances, Seaton was Guyana’s second-best performer. Seaton was on a record-breaking mission as he hunted gold medal after gold medal, taking eight by the time he was through. He swam to a new record in the 200m freestyle (2:10.37s), 100m freestyle (58.19s), 50m freestyle (26.18s), 50m butterfly (29.20s), and 50m backstroke (31.72s), while he also had gold medals in the 100m backstroke (1:10.49s), 100m butterfly (1:06.16s) and the 200m IM (2:33.95s).He also finished with bronze in the 100m breaststroke (1:23.54s).Building on the three gold medals she accomplished last year, Jadyn George returned, this year in the Girls’ 13-14 category to pick up five medals – one gold, two silver and bronze.Lian Winter set her first meet record after swimming to a 33.70 seconds finish in the Girls’ 11-12 50m backstroke. Other medal earners over the weekend included the Mahaica siblings Kenita, Paul and Patrice, Raekwon Noel, Nikita Fiedtkou, Phillip DeNobrega and Daniel Scott. The full list of Guyanese medallists at the 2017 Goodwill Swim Meet are as follows: Aleka Persaud – 8 gold, 2 silver Leon Seaton – 8 gold, 1 bronze Jadyn George – 1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze Lian Winter – 1 gold, 1 silverRaekwon Noel – 2 silver, 1 bronze Phillip DeNobrega –  1 silver, 5 bronze  Daniel Scott – 1 silver, 2 bronze Patrice Mahaica – 1 silver, 2 bronze Paul Mahaica – 1 silver, 1 bronzeNikita Fiedtkou – 2 bronze  Kenita Mahaica – 1 bronze Relays – 2 gold, 8 silver, 4 bronzelast_img read more

Nigeria Cup 2016 Tees off Today

first_imgAlli, who also doubles as the golf section vice president said a number of players had emerged through the juniors’ competition to making waves in the game within Nigeria and abroad. He particularly named Tokunbo Pedro, Anita Uwadia and United Kingdom based-George Oboh.Other categories of the competition to be played include the Caddies Competition slated for September 26, Ladies Competition, September 27, the Nigeria Cup Kitty is billed for September 28, and the Professional/Amateur, which is a mix of professional golfers and amateurs of handicap 0-12, making up of about 180 players, is slated for September 29.On September 30, it would be the turn of guests and veterans to take to the course. These categories include players from sponsors and senior golfers of ages 60 and above.The grand finale is billed for October 1. “It is the day the boys are separated from the men. It is the day the champion will emerge from about 160 golfers,” Alli said.The event will be rounded up with gala night and awards to various winners and crowning of the Nigeria Cup 2016 winner.According to him, the Nigeria Cup is a property of Ikoyi Golf Community Nigeria Association, and members are active amateur golfers who enjoy playing golf. They are an assemblage of successful men and women who are captains of various industries that believe through recreation they could promote the rich tradition and heritage of Nigeria with the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The annual Nigeria Golf Cup will kick off today at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 with the juniors ‘competition, themed ‘Catch Them Young’ and will feature children from the ages two to 17.At a media briefing to herald the completion, the chairman, Nigeria Cup Organising Committee, Bayo Alli, noted that the Nigeria Cup was used to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence, just as he noted that in spite of challenges facing the nation, there was so much to celebrate. According to him, “the fact that we remain as one united Nigeria is one good reason for this celebration”.last_img read more

Ohio State ends win streak for Badger men’s tennis, focus now shifts to Big Ten Tournament

first_imgAfter an up-and-down start to the year, the University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team is starting to find its feet heading into the business end of the season.Both players and head coach Danny Westerman described their start to the season as “slow” but in recent weeks, the team has really hit its stride, gaining a perfect five wins from five outings in March.Westerman said their recent success was down to a consistent team effort with a focus on doing the basics right.“I thought our energy, our enthusiasm and our competitiveness was a step stronger and in very close matches those are things we can control, and we did a really good job of that,” Westerman said. “I think we’re playing our best tennis of the year, so our guys are really excited to keep playing every weekend.”How three-point shot came to be, according to Bo RyanBasketball ebbs and flows. The style of play has changed so much over the years that a game from 1960s Read…Though their win streak came to an end at the hands of number two ranked Ohio State last weekend — their first loss on home court this season — the team is still confident.They will look to continue their fine run of form in April as they finish off Big Ten play and head towards the Big Ten Tournament at the end of the month.The Badgers currently sit fifth on the Big Ten ladder, with a record of 11 wins and seven losses. This is a position they will look to improve on, as there is still plenty of tennis to be played with six remaining Big Ten Conference matches left on their schedule.These six matches include matches against No. 8 Illinois and No. 11 Michigan. Both teams sit above them in the Big Ten standings.Bucks in six? All eyes toward playoffs in MilwaukeeThe Milwaukee Bucks currently sit as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference just one game ahead of the Read…But the team is not looking too far ahead and is focusing on every match as it comes. Sophomore Daniel Soyfer said “every match is just as important from here on.”Another factor that has played a major role in the Badgers recent success has been the quality of their doubles play — having picked up the doubles point in 13 of their 16 matches this year.Having success in the doubles doesn’t just come by chance either. Westerman said they spend more than their fair share of time practicing the doubles’ discipline.“It’s a daily focus of ours, we practice doubles a great deal, in terms of timing we do it for much more than just the one point of a dual match because we know how critical that first point is,” Westerman said.Returning and serving: Badger volleyball enters spring retaining 15 players from last year’s teamThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team will play their spring schedule in the coming weeks with a series of three Read…Leading the charge in doubles play are seniors Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge. Holding an 8-0 record, they are ranked number two in the nation and have yet to lose a doubles match this spring.Following close behind is the pairing of junior Osgar O’Hoisin and sophomore Daniel Soyfer, who have a record of 10–3 playing together this season. Their impressive doubles play has seen them make their way into the ITA national rankings at No. 89.Soyfer described his and O’Hoisin’s entry into the rankings as “a great feeling” and added, “we have beaten a couple of ranked teams along the way so it felt great to finally make it to the rankings.”Women’s tennis: Slumping Badgers fall short in final home match against Ohio StatePrior to the match on April 8, the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team was eager to close the at-home Read…With these pairs in lead, the Badgers’ impressive showings in doubles play are no accident.Westerman believes the team’s play in doubles is a representation of the culture they have built.“We pride ourselves on playing as a unit, playing as a team and doubles is kind of an obvious reflection of our team culture.”With matches every weekend and the Big Ten Tournament approaching, the team needs to ensure they stay fresh and healthy.March Madness: Villanova, DiVincenzo dismiss Michigan for national titleSitting atop the College Basketball world for the second time in three seasons, Villanova University defeated the University of Michigan Read…To help achieve this, Westerman said they will keep their typical Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday practices but perhaps slightly tone down the intensity and duration. But don’t be mistaken — this doesn’t mean the team will be slacking off.“We’re going to keep pushing them,” Westerman said. “Our guys are pretty motivated to practice so it’s pretty easy to get them going.”last_img read more

NCAA moves toward allowing compensation for name, image and likeness

first_img“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” said Dr. Michael Drake, president of The Ohio State University and chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, in the press release. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education.” The NCAA’s statement clarifies that student-athletes are in no way employees of their respective universities and that the new rules should treat student-athletes similarly to non-athlete students.  The group will continue to inform the Board of Governors about how to respond to state and federal legislation pushing for increased opportunities for student-athletes to earn compensation. “The NCAA decision today is a step forward toward achieving a national framework for these critical issues,” the statement read. “We plan to work with California officials, the NCAA, the Pac-12 Conference and others to help develop reforms that support our student-athletes and allow them to continue to compete and excel.” “As a national governing body, the NCAA is uniquely positioned to modify its rules to ensure fairness and a level playing field for student-athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in the press release. “The board’s action today creates a path to enhance opportunities for student-athletes while ensuring they compete against students and not professionals.” USC issued a statement Tuesday about the NCAA’s vote. According to a press release from the NCAA, the move directs each of the organization’s three divisions to update its bylaws in a way that allows student-athletes to be compensated “in a manner consistent with the collegiate model” by January 2021, stating that paying athletes directly for athletic performance is still entirely impermissible. The NCAA Board of Governors Federal and State Legislation Working Group provided recommendations to the NCAA’s top governing board, which helped guide their actions.  The working group had been in communication for the past several months with administrators, commissioners, coaches and student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions.  The NCAA’s top governing board voted unanimously Tuesday to start the process to allow college athletes to profit from the use of their name, image and likeness. The move comes nearly a month after California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law the Fair Play to Pay Act, which prompted a number of other states to move toward adopting similar legislation. This article was updated at 7:39 p.m. Tuesday to include USC’s statement.last_img read more

5p0rtz finds the right Snack to fuel fantasy pools launch

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Snack Media drives digital growth with Wisden partnership July 9, 2020 Submit Related Articles Snack Media boosts global audience with GIVEMESPORT acquisition May 5, 2020 Share Virtual Grand National success sees bookmakers donate over £2.6m to NHS Charities April 6, 2020 Snack Gaming has developed and launched 5p0rtz, a new fantasy pools betting platform where players compete for bigger jackpots with a higher win probability than on a bookmaker.Developed on behalf of Trillionaire Ltd, which is made up of a consortium of UK-based sports betting investors, the business aims to become the UK market leader in fantasy sports by 2019.The 5p0rtz platform was soft launched with a freeroll pick six £1m Grand National game, to be followed this month by another £1m freeroll game focused on the football World Cup.During the World Cup, there will be daily games with cashout, while the fantasy element enables players to earn points that are displayed on weekly and monthly leaderboards.The brand’s awareness over the next nine months will be driven by a Snack Media-driven digital and social campaign comprised of social media management, influencer outreach, activations overview and bespoke sponsored editorial.Snack-Gaming Co-Founder Rupert Pratt commented: “Developing a live fantasy pools betting product is complex and it’s been fantastic to take a unique concept and idea through to design, full enterprise development and build.”Niall Coen, Snack-Media Co-Founder and CEO, added: “When we were approached to work with 5p0rtz, it was an easy decision for us. Their type of gaming is practically unheard of in the UK market and we’re confident that they will thrive.“We’ve got the resources to help get their name out to sports fans everywhere so, alongside the great work that Snack Gaming have done for them, this was a perfect combination to launch their product.”last_img read more